Mehmet Güleryüz, Painter
Mehmet Güleryüz was enrolled to Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts in 1958 where he studied Painting yet he considers his first encounter with art to be during his early childhood as a child of an artist family whose roots of art skills were of a genetic character.
A family tradition, calligraphy was performed later to depict the last name of the family which initially used the pseudonym “Rûşeni” for a debonair, open, graceful writing thus becoming the “Ruşeniler” and than the “Güleryüz” (debonair) family. Calligraphy art leaves the legacy of passion for art to the new generations. His Aunt, Bedia Güleryüz, was one of the first students of Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi (
Mehmet Güleryüz also acts at the Arena Theater as a professional drama actor in the later years, performed impressions of his family once as a child and wrote and played his own scripts in the boarding elementary school. But his self-confidence, although frequently tested by his father who wished him to be engaged in writing, was based on his painting talent. When he was only about ten, he was assigned very demanding subjects by his father for painting such as circumcision feasts of princes similar to those painted in “Surname” in 18th century by miniature master Levni. Even after attempts which resulted with failure from time to time, Mehmet Güleryüz was not daunted and his determination became a result of close perception of the lives dedicated to art and understanding of what people can waive from and face up to in the path of art at a very young age.
All Mehmet Güleryüz dreamed of was to attend the Academy after completing
The reason for suspending the Academy was that his understanding of art was different from, even the exact opposite of the Academy education. His paintings were in fact those not should be done by a typical Academy student, thus his grades were low and he even risked failing class. Yet he finds the answers to questions during this time in drama; when abstract painting dominated the era he confronts the Academy with his “theatrical” compositions, a unique figuration and texture expression.
His paintings express a situation rather than an event. He acts upon his intuitions. Without planning in advance, he improvises in his works. In his own words, this is a “free wandering” about taking risks and the encouragement and self-confidence to confront one’s self, indeed a work of discovering the self by surprise attacks. This is why his art is open to different interpretations and intuitive evaluations. Mehmet Güleryüz describes his art as “unsafe”; and he knows that he can only grant to its works the right to survive when he waives the known and keeps his guard down.
Güleryüz has many works of art other than those hold by museums, corporate or private collections. Among these, he performed works of series painted especially for hotels. Mehmet Güleryüz expresses his satisfaction for the change of accommodation culture in
Mehmet Güleryüz will organize a retrospective exhibition in May in
Mehmet Günyeli, Photographer
Vivid and lucid colors of Mehmet Günyeli are not merely marking its photographs but also reveal the secrets of his life. A native of Istanbul, also a prominent businessman and a collector narrating each item in his award-winning, special collections, the artist aligns the colors and truths of his life.
Mehmet Günyeli studies at Saint Joseph High School and Political Sciences and after graduation turn its photography passion into a profession whilst everything else becomes his “other” self. He uses photographs as a manner of telling and his camera as a tool of expressing his life perspective. Günyeli steps out to his journey in his mind and then realizes these frames with his camera.
Exhibition of Cuban photographs, the first stop of a triad named “Colors of Earth” followed by India and Morocco is the product of 30 years effort and becomes highly popular. Mehmet Günyeli aims at capturing daily lives of people of different continents in their own habitats and witnessing the ethnicity. Close-up portraits widely used in his photos reflect the color and light of a unique culture and are sometimes shot in perspective of alienation, and other times by bonding with the object and capturing the reality under the masks. Mehmet Günyeli hence emphasizes that photography requires discipline and dedication.
He uses different cameras and techniques for different projects; shoots with analogue cameras outdoors and country-based projects, digital cameras for saving time in interiors, and panoramic cameras to capture wide-angles. The place of his last exhibition called “Women of Distant Worlds” demonstrates its preference to display the photographs in alternative spaces. In an authentic restaurant, different cuisines blend with the photographs from distant lands. These choices express that art should not be limited with certain locations but rather be experienced in the middle of daily life.
Mehmet Günyeli mentions that aesthetic feelings rise to the surface more when shooting portraits of women. This is because, women, regardless of the places they live in, reflect their aesthetic concerns by using a common language. Silver jeweler attached to an old woman’s ankle in India, or the paintings over the eyes of Bosnian women are only few utterances of this shared language.
Exhibition of stage photographs compromises Günyeli’s photographs of locations where different flames of enthusiasm are experienced and performances are acclaimed. The exhibition of photographs from Turkey is an experience that will take audiences to a trip to their inner selves. Both exhibitions will be displayed in alternative areas conforming to the themes. His photographs bear the traces of his admiration to Cappadocia and Mardin and he reveals that more photographs can be captured in different cities and regions. He advises other photographers not to limit their photographs in one space, but rather open up to different regions of the country and expresses that design hotels can be used as alternative art exhibition places.
Rabia Çapa, Owner and Manager of
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Filling the gallery with her unique presence, Rabia Çapa is born in
Rabia Çapa decides to open the gallery with her sister Varlık Sadıkoğlu. She aims at maintaining intimate relationship with art while becoming a fine gallery manager. Two sisters work for a year just to choose a location for the gallery. In the meantime, they travel to
The interiors of an Italian museum greatly influence both Rabia Çapa and Varlık Sadıkoğlu. They tell the architect of
Gallery hosts masters of plastic arts together with many young artists. Until today, works of Turkish as well as foreign artists are exhibited such as Komet, Sarkis, Adnan Çoker, Serhat Kiraz, Mehmet Güleryüz, Ayşe Erkmen, Ömer Uluç, Füsun Onur, Sabri Berkel, Canan Tolon, Füraya Koral, Seyhun Topuz, Fronçois Morellet, Thomas Horneman, Dagmar Deming, Gülsün Karamustafa, Lütfü Özkök, Selim Birsel, Graham Fagen, Kezban Arca Batıbeki, Handan Börüteçene, Daniel Buren and Joel Andrianomearisoa. In close contact with
Organizing 5 exhibitions in a year, each exhibition is enthusiastically greeted by the Gallery. Exhibitions begin with Rabia Çapa wearing special clothing designed collectively with the artist and her with a passion for performance and later becoming a tradition. First example of these dresses is created in the work shop of Bedri Rahmi. Yet the first dress in the Gallery is designed for Komet exhibition in
A presentation is made within the second week of each exhibition where the artist is given an opportunity to express him/herself. These presentations are published in the “gallery gazette” and archived. Then works are photographed and compiled in a catalogue.
Supporting young artists and youth approaches to art, the audiences of MSG are mainly comprised of young people and academicians. Gallery has also become a center for contemporary art collections and hosts collectors.
Rabia Çapa has still many projects in her mind. The first one is to turn many exhibitions opened in MSG into a museum and to create artist museums in
Rabia Çapa stays in Kaş in the summer and spends her remaining time in a waterside mansion overlooking
Arzu & Muammer Erinal, Meleklerevi “House of Angels”
An architect couple, Arzu and Muammer Erinal, who realized many project designing and development of living spaces such as residences, offices and stores within Erinal Architecture, decides to leave their homeland
A ruin on the outside yet with sound cave rooms and a superb Ürgüp view, this house captivates the couple at first sight who indeed know the burden they are buying together with the house. The couple starts the renovation process with their cousin Architect Renovator Muammer Ünlüsoy by blending many contemporary facilities with Anatolian architecture. Projects are designed in three months by preserving the history, architecture and natural texture of the region and supported with in-depth academic knowledge, researches, observations and thousands of photographs. In the course of renovation works, interior designers prepare the detailed plans and projects for the inside of the house.
Dating back to centuries ago, to the Hittites period,
They turn the technical and natural challenges faced during restoration into unique terraces, individually designed rooms and surprising spaces thanks to their knowledge on details and materials and vast experiences. After applying technical details of interior design, they use natural and simple materials which bring peace and tranquility to the place without causing clutter. Sophisticated, romantic, soft and light lace curtains, silk linens, cotton satin fabrics, massive furniture, bird nests and flowers create a fantasy-like atmosphere impelling their guests to dreaming.
The Erinal couple dedicate themselves to any project they handle with acting upon their answers to the question “what must be done to create better, nicer, more convenient and aesthetic place which will embrace its occupants”. And these answers had never misled the couple until now. Yet they highlight that the House of Angels project was an exclusive one for them: “What makes the project special is that it belonged to us but also another region and texture. To give life to the stone! That was what had to be done. The old, ruined but resisting House of Angels standing in the magical setting of
After arriving to the
İlkbakış - Wine
Reşit Soley, with an effort towards preventing the loss of island’s antique vineyards and winemaking tradition, shows us all that rewinding the time is possible with his Corvus wine factory established.
It took me a while to realize that wine is a kind of “time capsule”; only until one new year’s night, a friend of mine opened his mother’s Hungarian wine delicately preserved since the 1960’s. It was a white color elixir of nut pie or fig rather than a wine. That bottle of wine, revealing the sunshine, rain and cool air of cellars of 40 years ago was, whatever the gourmets would say, a miracle!
After that day, I began to approach with more respect to those engaged in viniculture and wines. I happened to meet these passionate people who I began to perceive as “the modern time alchemists” in unexpected places. Now and then, I see them in the Yazıköy
The last alchemist I met is a name we all know for his magic in architecture: Reşit Soley. Making wines in
TELL ME YOUR TERROIR…
The vines of this dream born in August 2002 and sprouts in 2003. Buying and turning the former Tekel cognac factory to Corvus factory at the beginning of 2004, Reşit Soley starts the year’s first vintage in one of the leading edge facilities of
I ask Reşit Soley what makes
Reşit Soley bought two decares of land on the unprocessed soils of the island and planned the vineyard landscaping after analysing the soil and meteorological data of the last 20 years. So he plants the stocks, asks for the help of Israelis for irrigation system and finally has the first vintage with Çavuş grapes. The factory now produces wine from the “locals” like Boğazkere, Öküzgözü picked from the mountain villages of Elazığ, and international stars like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
SLEEPING BEAUTY: WINE
I now understand that exporting wine technology is nothing like bringing textile machines from
According to Reşit Soley, there has to be an at least 10 years of time span before they achieve the desired texture. I learn that for every wine to be produced in the Corvus factory, separate protocols are prepared. These recipes including all scientific conditions that make up a wine are re-arranged the next year if the results turn out to be unexpected. Therefore information is collected together in time. The best wines for Reşit Soley are the ones not yet born...
Having their 2004 August harvests and productions, Corvus wines conquer not only the heart but the mouth by offering the perfect blend of quality, flavor and appearence. Produced from 100% Bozcaada grapes; Teneia (Çavuş), Zeleia (Vasilaki), Aegea (Kuntra), Vinium (Karalahna), Rarum and
Corvus made a grand entrance with only its first wines that won 1 gold and 4 silver medals in 2006, the first place in 2007 Divan Group Best Red Wine of Turkey and was acclaimed with its 2005 harvests. The coupage series blending the local Island grapes and international grapes, golden award winner Blend No.1 2005 harvest Blend No.2 and Corvus Corpus made with only the grapes of Corvus vineyards, also 100% Corvus Cabernet Sauvignon and %100 Corvus Merlot offer world-class tastes that you can age for years.
Furthermore, the demanding wine Passito of Mediterranean islands has been initially produced by Corvus. “Passito Corvus” brings you the first, natural sweet wine of
Corvus’ fast rise seems to cheer up
Soley aims at bringing the products and well-performing companies which represent our geography with success under this roof and says we have to find our own color in a world where kitsch hamburger food is popular. Don’t you think it’s time we become assertive?